Attitudes among nurses toward the integration of complementary medicine into supportive cancer care

Eran Ben-Arye*, Bella Shulman, Yael Eilon, Rachel Woitiz, Victoria Cherniak, Ilanit Shalom Sharabi, Osnat Sher, Hiba Reches, Yfat Katz, Michal Arad, Elad Schiff, Noah Samuels, Ofer Caspi, Shahar Lev-Ari, Moshe Frenkel, Abed Agbarya, Hana Admi

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Abstract

Purpose/Objectives: To explore the attitudes of nurses treating patients with cancer regarding the use of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) therapies to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life (QOL). Design: Prospective and descriptive. Setting: 12 hospital and community care settings in Israel. Sample: 973 nurses working in oncology and non-oncology departments. Methods: A 26-item questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample of nurses treating patients with cancer. Main Research Variables: Interest in CIM integration and training in supportive cancer care. Findings: Of the 973 nurses who completed the questionnaire, 934 expressed interest in integrating CIM into supportive cancer care. A logistic regression model indicated that nurses with a greater interest in integration tended to be older, believed that CIM improved patients' QOL, and had no structured postgraduate oncology training. Nurses who believed CIM to be benefcial for QOL-related outcomes were more likely to express interest in related training. The goals of such training include improving QOL-related outcomes, such as anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal symptoms, and pain. Conclusions: Most nurses working with patients with cancer are interested in the integration of CIM into supportive cancer care. Implications for Nursing: Most nurses would like to undergo training in CIM to supplement conventional care. CIM-trained integrative nurses can help promote the integration of patient-centered CIM therapies in supportive cancer care settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-434
Number of pages7
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complementary medicine
  • Education
  • Integrative medicine
  • Supportive care

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